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Coaching changes in the middle of a professional sports season are difficult on just about everyone, since the new coach inevitably arrives when times aren’t so good. But it’s particularly difficult in the National Lacrosse League, which has only one practice per week.The Colorado Mammoth know that feeling. That organization cleaned house on March 4 by firing Bob Hamley an…

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The Buffalo Bandits continue to find new ways to win indoor lacrosse games, particularly at home.The latest example of that fact came Saturday night, when the Bandits came away with a 12-9 victory over the Colorado Mammoth. A crowd of 15,445 in the First Niagara Center watched Buffalo take its sixth straight home game. Last week, the Bandits trailed most of the way and rel…

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When Kevin Brownell wants to share some memories about what his college days were like, he doesn’t have to look very far for someone who knows what he’s talking about.The second-year transition player, who is scheduled to be in the lineup tonight when his Buffalo Bandits host Colorado at First Niagara Center (7:30 p.m., nll.com, Radio 1520 AM), has some company as former m…

It takes a good memory to remember when the Buffalo Bandits played their last game. It takes a better one to remember when the last time the Bandits had such a long break between contests.Buffalo’s last game was three weeks ago, a home win over Philadelphia. Since then, the team has had its own version of an Olympic break, without a trip to Sochi.“I can’t ever remember goi…

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Stand next to Ryan Benesch for a moment, and you might not believe that he’s one of the top offensive stars in his professional sport. After all, he checks in at 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds.But by any standard, the Buffalo Bandits’ forward measures up as one of the top performers in the National Lacrosse League. He enters tonight’s home game at the First Niagara Center with th…

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In an indoor lacrosse game that was waiting to be taken, Dhane Smith took it.The second-year member of the Buffalo Bandits scored the game-winning goal with 3:48 left, which propelled his team to a 12-9 win over the Minnesota Swarm on Saturday night. The close, competitive game entertained the 15,330 in attendance in the First Niagara Center.The game was tied, 9-9, when Sm…

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Last year’s Buffalo Bandits’ team – remembered as the one that was the only team in the National Lacrosse League to miss the playoffs – finished with six wins. This year’s edition of the squad now has 10 chances to beat that total. The 2014 Bandits improved to 6-2 on the season – good for the NLL East lead – with a convincing 13-7 victory over the Philadelphia Wings. It mi…

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There was an Aaron Wilson sighting in the First Niagara Center on Saturday night.The Buffalo Bandits’ forward finally made his debut after sitting out the first seven games of the season, mostly with a groin injury.“I didn’t miss a game for 10 years until this year,” he said. “It’s been very, very frustrating. I never had an injury like that before. It never seemed to get …

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What a difference a year has made for Anthony Cosmo.Last season, the Buffalo Bandits goaltender suffered through a disappointing season while his team was the only one in the National Lacrosse League to miss the playoffs. “I’d have to say it was one of the toughest years I’ve had, personally,” Cosmo said in looking back. But now, the Bandits (5-2) are on top of the NLL Eas…

ROCHESTER — The Buffalo Bandits’ offense didn’t do much scoring during the course of Saturday night’s game with the Rochester Knighthawks.As a result, their five-game winning streak is history.The Bandits went 38 minutes and 39 seconds before scoring their first goal of the game; that’s past the halfway point of the third quarter. They went on to drop a 9-6 decision to the…

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ROCHESTER — It’s almost a cliche – a young boy grows up playing a game, hoping against hope that someday he’ll have the chance to play for his hometown team.Tonight, Joe Resetarits will do exactly that once again for the Buffalo Bandits. The young forward and the rest of the Bandits will face the Rochester Knighthawks in Blue Cross Arena (7:30 p.m., nll.com, Radio 1520 AM)…

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Mark Steenhuis is playing like it’s 2009, and so are the Buffalo Bandits.That’s probably not a coincidence.The Bandits continued their impressive start on Saturday night, defeating the Toronto Rock, 12-10. The 12,768 in the First Niagara Center watched a bruising, chippy game that eventually resulted in the Bandits’ fifth straight win.That’s the longest win streak by Buffa…

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It hasn’t taken very long for Shawn Williams to be reminded about the close-knit nature of the lacrosse community.He’s seen it rally around the Buffalo Bandits forward, before and after his public announcement on Thursday that his 8-year-old son, Tucker, had surgery on Jan. 24 to remove an egg-shaped mass from his mouth/throat area. “We had a ton of texts and emails from …

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National Lacrosse League players hold all sorts of full-time jobs when they aren’t on the field. Jamie Rooney’s situation, though, might be unique.The Buffalo Bandits forward could be the only car dealer to suit up in the NLL.“I’m starting to think so, because I’ve sold a lot of people in this league vehicles. At Arthur Chrysler, we’ll give anyone a good deal,” said Rooney…

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The Buffalo Bandits played superb indoor lacrosse for the first 56 minutes of their game with the Rochester Knighthawks on Saturday night.The last four minutes almost spoiled it. But not quite.Buffalo gave up five goals in the last four minutes to make it exciting for the 13,339 in attendance, but the Bandits hung on for a much-less-close-than-it-sounds 11-10 victory in th…